Contact information:                                                   Joyce Boone, parent educator                                 660-376-6017 extension 4602                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marceline R-V School District                                              314 E Santa Fe                                         Marceline MO 64658

Our Vision: 

That all children will grow and develop to reach their full potential.

Some Quotes for Parents...

Your children need your presence more than your presents
– Jesse Jackson

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation
– C. Everett Koop

Say no. The better you get at turning down requests that aren’t in your child’s best interest, the fewer times you’ll need to do so. You can say no once in the supermarket when your child asks to buy a carton of ice cream, or you can say it every night once that carton is sitting in your freezer at home. —David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., author of Ending the Food Fight

Act silly. Life can be too serious. Let your kids see you laugh, make funny faces, and chase them around the house saying, “I’m gonna get you!” —Dr. Domar

All services we offer to district families of    pre-natal to kindergarten aged children are free.  

Four program parts:                                                           *Personal, confidential monthly family visits with a parent educator.

*Fun educational group events for parents and kids on a variety of topics.

* Free, helpful health and development screenings once a year.

*Help, as needed, accessing community resources.

A "Parents As Teachers" Missouri affiliate school program.

Baby Bill of Rights

Talk To Me.

Sing, hum, babble, or even read the funnies to me. I don’t know exactly what you’re saying, but I need to hear you.  And I do know what you mean, even if I may not know words.  Like your voice tones mean, “I love you.”  Or when you yell, I hear, “You’re a pest!” Unless you communicate with me, how can I learn?  I learn from you.

Hold Me.

Everything is so big and new to me.  I don’t understand where I am.  Or who I am.  And I get scared.  But when you hold me, I feel better.  Your warmth warms me.  Your breath and heartbeat make me feel I belong.  Belong here.  Belong to you.


 Answer My Cry.

I don’t cry to get you upset.  Or to get you mad.  I cry because I can’t tell you how I feel any other way.  Maybe I’m cold…or wet…or hungry…or scared and lonely.  Answer my cries.  You’ll soon know what each one means.  You won’t spoil me.  You’ll help me to be a better baby…and to make you happier too.

Love Me.

Like me.  Love me just as I am.  Don’t expect me to do what I can’t do.  Like being toilet-trained.  My muscles aren’t ready yet.  I know I’m messy. But I’m growing.  Overlook my baby weaknesses.  You’re the most important person in my world.  I can’t make it without you.  So get to know me.  Have fun with me.  And love me…just as I am.

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